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In this vignette " Are Trainers Still Needed?", a seasoned trainer is short of being told that what he is teaching is outdated. He used to be sure of himself all the time but now he suddenly isn't. Not used to this kind of situation, he...
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1.As learning professionals and learners, were there similar circumstances/experiences like this that you witnessed or experienced?
2.What insights/learnings/ideas did you derive from this vignette or from similar stories you know about?
3.How will someone like Jacob redeem himself?
4.What is your opinion on trainers` evolving roles?

 
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Heather
December 05, 2016
Yes, as a past technology/software trainer, if you do not keep up with the releases you will soon fall behind. Now as a soft skills trainer, I feel that if I do not keep up with the current L&D trends and start to use those skills, I will become obsolete. Remember change is constant(just faster these days)!


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Jennifer
March 05, 2012
Trainers need to learn to be 'plugged in'. I agree that currency is an issue, but good trainers accept that others might have information they don't and use that to the participants advantage. Skilled trainers working with skilled designers get participants to teach themselves and facilitate rather than teach.


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Paul
January 30, 2012
I didn't see enough interaction between the trainer and the learner to get much from the vignette.


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Garth
January 16, 2012
What format is this supposed to play in? Perhaps we are missing a plugin? Just get the circle with line through in top left corner of a blank white box.


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John
January 12, 2012
I like to hear the answer to the question. Are Trainers still needed?


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Raymond
January 12, 2012
Currency is the name of the game. Despite the difficulty, outdated material has lost its value as well as the trainer delivering it.


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Eric
January 12, 2012
I have seen trainers challenged by learners before. In this day and age, it's harder for one person to be completely knowledgable about everything happening in their field. No one knows EVERYTHING, but everyone knows SOMETHIING. Often, the student needs to teach the master, and the master needs to be open to letting this happen. If trainers can set their egos aside and learn to do this, everyone will benefit.


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Sharon
January 12, 2012
There is an old joke in education - John taught a XYZ school for nearly 20 years. For many years, he waited for the department head to retire so he could have the spot (and few extra bucks). Finally, the great day arrived and he applied for the position. His principal called him in and quietly informed he that the job went to a newer guy with only 7 years of teaching. John threw a fit and demanded to know how a teacher with only 7 years of teaching experience should have his position when he had 30 years of experience. The principal listened and calmly replied, no John, you do not have 30 years of experience, you have one year of experience 30 times.

We all need to grow and learn. Trainers who do not change with new technology will be left behind.


posted by: ray ray
January 12, 2012
Sharon, This is funny. Thanks for sharing. Ray

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Shirley
January 12, 2012
I couldn not play the vignette. Please help.

posted by: Muth Scott
January 13, 2012
Click the "Next" button to see each following slide.

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